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By Rich Handley

Identiv, NXP Semiconductors Partner on NFC Tag Starter Kit

Identiv has announced its NFC Tag Starter Kit, designed in partnership with NXP Semiconductors. The kit includes 25 Near Field Communication (NFC) tags with NXP's NFC Forum Type 2/4/5 NTAG and ICODE tag ICs. Supporting a variety of features and security levels for different application requirements, the tags are compatible with Android and Apple iOS 11 devices, including tablets and mobile phones.

With the NFC Starter Kit, Identiv reports, users need not be application developers or familiar with NFC technologies. The kit enables anyone to use NFC technology to create apps that allow mobile phone and device interaction, protect brands and businesses, or improve authentication and supply chain management. Such apps include direct consumer engagement, secure product protection, product traceability, ambient condition sensing and device-to-device interaction. By enhancing physical products with digital NFC and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, the company explains, the technology makes products smarter.

"With the growth in connected IoT consumer products, organizations are seeking real-time, simpler, yet trusted and secure methods to protect consumers and brands," said Alexander Rensink, NXP's business segment manager for secure identification solutions, in a prepared statement. "Identiv's NFC Tag Starter Kit brings the power of NFC to app developers now and opens up an array of new possibilities for solution developers in the future."

Identiv's NFC Tag Starter Kit includes NXP's NTAG 210µ (for bar-code replacement and fast-moving consumer goods), NTAG 216 (for consumer interaction and brand protection), NTAG 213 Tag Tamper (for product integrity and authenticity and status awareness), NTAG 413 DNA (for advanced anti-counterfeiting, exclusive, tap-unique user experiences, document authentication and verified physical presence) and ICODE SLIX 2 (for device identification and supply chain management).

"Now that Apple iOS devices support NFC, the possibilities for consumers and developers are endless," said Stephane Ardiley, Identiv's director of product management, in the prepared statement. "Identiv is excited to partner with NXP to offer our NFC Tag Starter Kit to the creative minds that will revolutionize the connected IoT and give the masses the tools to discover NFC technology on their own. With NFC, products are smarter, more interactive, and more traceable—they can talk to each other and to smart devices—which means a more trustworthy world for consumers, creators, brands, and businesses."

The NFC Tag Starter Kit comes available with an optional contactless smart-card reader, Identiv's uTrust 3700 F. When connected to a Mac or PC, the reader can use the NXP TagXplorer app to reprogram tags. Information regarding Identiv's NFC Tag Starter Kit is available online at identiv.com/nfc-tag-starter-kit.

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